Youth career pathway programs bolstered thanks to Mandurah Forum campaign

Mandurah Forum customers and retailers have helped raise $44,000 to help alleviate issues of youth unemployment and disengagement.

The Pinjarra Road shopping centre helped raise the funds for Beacon Foundation as part of the forum’s first-ever Light the Way campaign.

The Beacon Foundation is an organisation that aims to motivate young people for a successful post-secondary school career. 

Their programs help equip students with the skills and confidence required to make the transition from school to work and reduce the rate of youth unemployment.

Mandurah Forum manager Jacqueline McKenzie said the shopping centre launched Light the Way to support young people living in the surrounding communities. 

“The money raised is going to see an additional 330 students complete Beacon’s career pathway programs,” she said. 

“We are grateful to the many people who donated and gave up their time to make Light the Way such a success and we look forward to continuing the campaign next year,” she said.

Beacon Foundation chief executive officer Scott Harris congratulated the Mandurah Forum on the inaugural Light the Way initiative.

“Visiting local centres and hearing stories from around the country, it was clear that the Vicinity team was passionate about supporting Australian youth to be the best they can be,” he said.